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are celebrating his life, singing, dancing and waving flags in the streets of south africa. president obama mandela no locker belongs to us but the ages. his body has been removed but mourners are gathering outside to honor his memory. >> condolences are pouring in from people touched by the man who influenced nations. >> abc's karen travers has more about this icon's life and death. good morning, karen. >> reporter: good morning. nelson mandela's health had been declining for some time but still south africans held on to hope. they and so many around the world are remembering his courage and strength. how he healed the nation and changed history. >> outside of the home where nelson mandela died, they sang in memory and in mourning. >> great fighter, strong man. >> reporter: south africa's president delivered the long-dreaded news. >> our nation has lost its greatest son. our people have lost their father. >> reporter: president obama praised the man he called a personal inspiration. >> we have lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us wil
, but still the proud father of a new south africa. that meeting in washington was mr. obama's only opportunity to tell mandela in person how he inspired his own political activism. >> my very first political action, the first thing that i ever did that involved an issue or a policy or politics was a protest against apartheid and like so many around the globe, i cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that nelson mandela set and so long as i live, i will do what i can to learn from him. >> during mr. obama's first trip to south africa as president in june of this year, serious consideration was given to a meeting with mandela at the hospital, but even then, he was far too frail and mr. obama huddled instead with the family inside this compound. then brought him to the prison. mr. obama referred to mandela by his south african name of endearment. madiba. >> madiba's words give us a compass in a sea of change. >> with mandela's passing, the president said others must now hold his moral compass. >> it falls to us as best we can to form the example that he set. to make deci
that evolution. for him to finally meet an eafl president and have that moment when president obama was in africa in june. nelson mandela was too ill to receive him as a visitor. the inspiration, the sight of the obama girls in that prison cell in robin island with their father, the lesson, the moral authority he has been. the nobel prize he one. that was one of the most important moments. he signed the law when he became president that made discrimination against the white minority illegal in south africa. that is the moral leadership for which he won, co-won the prize with his former presser. that is the lesson for the withhold world. >> you are so right. he is the man. a string of american presidents they had in common. back to charlene. i know you have friends and family long associations there. i'm hoping that you can report to us that he was at peace at the end. >> yes, i think that he's been at peace for some time. he's been on a breathing tube and members of the family have said for the longest time that he seemed alert. although in the last few days, that has changed just a bit because t
africa and moved all of us. >> pelley: president obama used the word "modiba" an honorary title that translates as father. major garrett at the white house tells us this evening mr. obama plans to attend the state funeral in south africa. that is likely to be in about ten days. nelson mandela will be remembered as a man who emerged from a tiny village to become a defining figure of our time. he was born on july 18th, 1918 in a village called umvezo. his mother named him holy sashava meaning troublemaker, but later a teacher renamed him nelson. he moved to johannesburg at 23, he became one of the nation's first black lawyers and joined the opposition african national congress in the early 1940s, devoting himself then to peacefully ending apartheid. then in 1960, 69 peaceful black demonstrators were killed by white south african police in the infamous sharpeville massacre. mandela came to believe that the mandela came to believe that the only recourse then was violence. >> there are many people who feel that it is useless and futile for us to continue talking peace and nonviolence
. bush and his wife laura, have accepted an invitation to accompany president obama to south africa. the spokesman for the first president bush says he will not be able attend because of his distance and his age. bill clinton and his family will be going to south africa. i talk to president clinton today about his immense administration. i want you to listen to what he said about you the day after that tour of robben island back in 1998. >> the president is one of the most decent men i have come across, and he has got a thick skin, strong nerves. he is not the type of person who squeals, and hi knows that i hold him in the highest regards, because even before he was president, he was very generous in assisting us to ensure we were victorious. >> he said in that interview with me, you're not a person who squeals. when you hear that now from him, what goes through your mind? >> that he helped me to be that kind of man, that he inspired me before i knew him, and that after we became friends, every minute we spent together, even when we were having the occasional argument from our posit
begin in south africa on tuesday, presidents obama, bush and carter will all attend. nelson mandela visited our country just after he was released from prison back in 1990. our next guest was the man who matt him at the airport in new york city. quote, mandela was a genuine hero, also my personal hero, a transcend ant symbol of freedom, he believed against overwhelming odds he would one day succeed. he was ready to die for his beliefs. there may have been people equal in modern history but i would dare say no one was ever greater. joining us new york city mayor david dinkins. mr. mayor, welcome. >> good to see you again. >> good to see you, too. we know him and remember him as an icon. you knew him personally. what was he like as a person? >> that's the thing that was most amazing about him, total absence of bitterness. i don't know who among us after having been imprisoned for more than 27 years in protest against a cause you deeply believe could behave as he did. but here is a man who when they asked him why aren't you angry and what not? his response was to be angry was to contin
." >> president obama is heading to south africa for nelson mandela's memorial service. when he returns, expect him to refocus on what he says is his administration's target for the remainder of his presidency. a tale of two americas, candidate obama vowed to heal a polarized nation but that is proving increasingly difficult. his first term ended by tieing jouj l george w. bush as the most polarizing year ever. look how far the lines really are. it's no surprise since over the past decade the nation's seen a rise in liberal democrats and conservative republicans, it's which way politics to the fringe or center. we search far and wide to find someone who knows politics and elected as a republican governor and served four presidents including one democrat named obama. and the only name we could come up with is huntsman. yes, that's my dad jon. welcome to "the cycle." we've banished luke to the remote camera so you can be surrounded by beautiful women, a man with five daughters -- >> i have to say, i've been at a lot of tables but never been so intimidated. and so honored, i have to tell you, it's
could do our part to seek the world as it should be. when president obama visited south africa this summer, mandela was so ill, the two were unable to meet. still mandela's inspiration played large during the president's trip. president obama returned to robbin island, but this time he brought his entire family. >> there was something different about bringing my children. and malia is now 15. sasha is 12, and seeing them stand within the walls that once surrounded nelson mandela, i knew this was an experience that they would never forget. i knew that they now appreciated a little bit more the sacrifices that madiba and others had made for freedom. >> reporter: soon off the leader's death was announced, obama said he could not imagine his life without mandela's example. >> we've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. >> reporter: president obama repeating the words there that were said of abraham lincoln after he passed away. and chris and
who passed away yesterday at the age of 95. president obama and the first lady will head to south africa next week to honor the south african leader thafl be traveling with former president bush and laura bush. wolf blitzer talked with clinton about the advice for mandela that guided him through some very difficult times. >> he was saying, if you're in public life and you have public responsibilities, you cannot be free and effective unless you have no personal feelings of anger. i remember one day, about a month after that whole impeachment business was over, henry hyde who had run the whole show, unbelievably enough, maybe it was a few months after, with you it was shortly after. asked for a meeting at the white house. for something that he was really interested in, he brought a delegation and my staff said i can't believe you're going to do. this i said it is my job to do it. he is a member of congress and a senior member. and they came and left. and as far as they knew, i did not even remember what had happened. i was able to do that because of what nelson mandela did for me.
part of eastern south africa. analysts say the funeral will be one of the largest ever of its kind, and they're expecting all living and able united states presidents to attend. the white house says president obama and the first lady will indeed be there. paul is live for news johannesberg. what's it like on the ground today -- or tonight. >> reporter: here in south africa today the only way to describe the seen is escalation. as the sun went down in, the temperature in the the city where his former home was situated, went up. south africans are celebrating the life of the man who brought them democracy. many of the celebrating mourners are described in honor of mandela's achievements as born frees because they were born post apartheid into the freedom he fought for. >> paul is live in south africa. thank you temperature much -- thank you very much. here at home, ice, snow, wind, bitter cold, a bitter arctic blast making life difficult and dangerous for millions of americans. in dallas, horrible mess. people are stranded. in memphis, they're right on the freezing line. poinns betwe
the brutal segregational policy in south africa. he died yesterday at the age of 95 following a long illness. he was surrounded by his family. his fight made him an inspiration to millions, including president obama. >> i would study his words and his writings. the day he was released from prison, he gave me a sense of what human beings can do when they're guided by their hopes and not by their fears. >> when mandela died, crowds gathered throughout south africa to mourn his death andelebrate his life. debora patta is in johannesburg with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, anne-marie. when i was outside his home, they woke up to the new e his had died, it came as no surprise because his health has been very, very poor for six months but it still has the power to shock and sadden. his health has been critical but over the past few days it got even worse prompting his wife to summon the family to his bedside and in this home they were able to say their final good-byes last night. but the story of his life is really being told on the streets here. rich and poor, young and old,
. it is a new day in south africa. the first in 95 years without madiba, their leader who they loved so much and that changed that country. the 95-year-old icon died thursday following a lengthy illness. president obama called him a transformative figure that now belongs to the ages. >>> coming up, former secretary of state colin powell on his lasting impact on politics and pop culture. >> how many people will get to say the nation changed and the world changed because i was >> al, i was thinking about y born.outhis morning. it's extraordinary. >> al, i was thinking about you. th this morning.at's rig your son was born on mandela's birthday.ht feel that >> that's right.we were very pl. that's right. i always feel that special bond because of that. >> we will have we were very pleased about thatn >> we will have more on nelson mandela but, first, let's look at the stories making headlines today.ries making headlines a dangerous ice storm taking ag place in texas to the great lakes. lakes. several places like several places like oklahoma and tennessee, have already declared emergencyhave alre
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